The 157th official running of the Grand National took place at its usual venue of Aintree racecourse, Merseyside on 3rd April 2004 and attracted a maximum field of forty runners battling it out for their share of the £600,000 prize fund with £348,000 going to the winner. Of the 40 runners, only 39 actually took part with Tyneandthyneagain being withdrawn.
After the final fence, any one of three runners appeared capable of finishing first past the post, however it was 16/1 punt Amberleigh House who ultimately triumphed with a three-length win over Clan Royal, the latter being two lengths ahead of third-placed Lord Atterbury. The winning trainer was Ginger McCain whose first of four wins in the race was with Red Rum in 1973.
Of the 39 starters, only 11 completed the course although all returned safely to their stables at the conclusion of the race.
It was estimated that around £200 million was gambled on the race, however there was no clear favourite with four runners starting as joint-favourites. Of these four, only one managed to complete the course, this being second-placed Clan Royal.
Live television coverage of the race was provided once again by the BBC and for the very first time, this coverage was also broadcast live on the internet to UK subscribers. Racing UK provided coverage to betting shops up and down the country.
1: Amberleigh House
2: Clan Royal
3: Lord Atterbury
4: Monty’s Pass
5: Spot Thedifference
7: Ardent Scout
8: Bear On Board
10: The Bunny Boiler
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